Review of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard


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Suzanne Simard is a professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences and teaches at the University of British Columbia. She was born in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia in 1960. Her family were loggers, so it seemed like a natural fit for her to join a commercial logging company as she started her career. Her job was to check on seedlings planted by the company, but she noticed these were often yellowed and failed to thrive. Simard had a strong hunch that the clear-cutting practices that isolated plant species were to blame for this, but she needed proof. She learned how to design and conduct experiments, and this part of her story was especially well explained for those of us unfamiliar with how experiments are designed for academic review. Simard’s excitement about her work feels almost contagious in her reading, so I was quickly swept up in her story.


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